John Flood: What Do Lawyers Do?

John Flood has published a revised version of his book on a Chicago law firm, called Tischmann and Weinstock for the purposes of the book: What Do Lawyers Do? An ethnography of a corporate law firm. You can get the Kindle version, and the paper versions are due shortly. John Flood has a website and a weblog called John Flood's Random Academic Thoughts, where there is a post with more information on the book. I have often wondered what lawyers do myself - the book is about business lawyers rather than litigators, whose role is easier to understand. Just as people who come straight from translation studies can't usually translate, new lawyers can't usually act as lawyers, so I never found it out, although the firm in the book sounds very similar to the Jewish law firm where I did my articles in London, down to the arrangement of the offices. The text is rather dry on the surface, a summary of analysis, but amusing between the lines.
The main activity of lawyers is talking on the telephone with persons other than Tischmann lawyers (31.1%). If we add talking with other Tischmann lawyers by telephone the percentage rises to 23.5 percent ...
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